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Feb 1, 2013 1:00am EST
with secretary albright, as i do with the clinton administration in support of israel. >> in general at that time under the clinton administration, the you think that they were "and going way too far toward israel in the middle east peace process"? >> no, i do not, because i was very supportive of what the president did at the end of his term. in january of 2001, in fact, i recount that in my book. >> just to clarify, that is the sort of flip-flopper but i am talking about. that is what you said then, and you are changing you -- your mind now. >> that is not a flip-flop. i do not recall everything i have said in the past 25 years. if i could go back and change some of it, i would. but it does not discount the support i have always given israel and continue to give israel. >> and going to what you said today talking about iran as "legitimate elected government" you think that the election of this iranian government coming to power was free, fair, and legitimate? >> i noted the term "legitimate" was not the term i should have used. i should have used recognized. that is the more appropriate term. i
Feb 1, 2013 6:00am EST
the clinton administration. and connect that to a comment i made in the world herald about they don't work. they are ineffective. and by the way, i've already noted for the record here that i have supported and voted for some unilateral sanctions. i think i noted three specific ones that i recall. but on your specific questions about the specific comment. just to give you an example of what i was talking about. you were not in the senate at the time. some were. but those who were here in the senate might recall the european union's reaction to that ilsa act. i was not in the senate when that was voted on originally, so i didn't have a vote. but in 1988 the european union passed a resolution against the united states and threatened to take the united states to the world trade organization. as a consequence, secretary albright had to get into this and as a consequence to that president clinton had to sign a waiver to allow a french oil company not to be part of that u.s. unilateral waiver. now, i'm not suggesting the united states action should be hostage to the european union or any other c
Jan 31, 2013 8:00pm EST
of the senators sent a letter to president clinton for reaffirming our solidarity with israel. i carried that their around. -- letter around. i remember it well. senator hagel is one of just four who refused to sign that letter. i am sure he will want to comment on that. in 2001, he was one of just two senators voting against the bill for extending harsh sanctions against iran. a year later, he urged president bush to support iran's membership in the world trade organization. senator hagel voted against a resolution designating iran's revolutionary guard corps, a group responsible for killing soldiers in iraq and afghanistan, as a terrorist organization. on multiple occasions, he has advocated for direct negotiations with iran, a regime that continues to oppress its people and doggedly pursue a nuclear weapon capability and employ terrorist proxies including hamas and hezbollah. senator hagel has been an outspoken supporter of nuclear disarmament and global zero movement. we are very sensitive to that. the president has said many times that he wants a nuclear- free world, and i know that
Jan 31, 2013 6:00am EST
, outgoing secretary of state hillary clinton leaves the council on foreign relations.
Jan 31, 2013 1:00am EST
. we are not capable of doing it. that is a historic reality. in the 1990's, when bill clinton said it is the economy, stupid. legislated sanctions on ira andn how push for sanctions on cuba, which pushed for exactly what you are talking about. that pushed for a new relationship in india. i could go on and on. all the things we take for granted were not initiatives of the clinton administration, but of members of congress here on capitol hill who changed the world in a meaningful way. that is still an opportunity if only we recognize it is something to care about. you have two formal -- former capitol hill people here. >> how do we know when we have one? counter-terrorism. is there a metric? is there anything? >> the question is how do we know if we have one. >> do not worry about it. we are in no danger of winning any time soon. [laughter] it is a fair question. what is your metric for success. and how do we know when we can stop. we are so far away from that now. we are further away from that than when this president took office. the policies he is recommending will take us furthe
Jan 30, 2013 8:00pm EST
, including one from the clinton justice department, approved it had no impact on lowering crime. and when it comes to background checks, let's be honest. they will never be universal because criminals will never submit to them. there are a lot of things that can be done and we ask you to join with us. the nra is made up of millions of americans who support what it is -- what works. the immediate protection for all, not just some, of our school children is what is needed, and swift punishment of criminals who misuse guns in fixing our mental health system. we love our families. we love our country. we believe in freedom. and we are the way -- the millions from all walks of life to take responsibility and protection as a god-given, fundamental american right. >> chief johnson, let me begin with you, sir. in my experience, many criminals are able to get guns illegally because they use straw purchases. in other words, a person with no criminal records can easily pass a background check and then goes and buys the guns and turns them around and gives them to criminals. there is no federal law t
Jan 29, 2013 8:00pm EST
to say to the senators here. i would say, you know, mr. president, in bill clinton's days we balanced the budget, we had economic growth, we passed a lot of significant legislation because we were bipartisan. i'd say, you know, in fact, mr. president, when i was secretary of energy, two of the most far reaching energy initiative, one was an environmental initiative that saved the moab in utah. it transferred funds to native americans. transferred lands to native americans. it cleaned up huge nuclear waste and there was also a bill in the department of energy that to all our cold war workers that had been contaminated, we resolved the problem. and i say to the president, you know who did that? i said there was a senator from tennessee, his name was fred thompson who passed that bill, a worker protection bill. and there was a senator from utah that passed that moab environmental bill. so what we need to do, mr. president, is be bipartisan and it can be done. and we have to bring the business community. we have to -- i think we need to have job creation, have the private sector -- >> i d
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